Terra cotta floors and antique mirrors give the dining room its taverna personality, backed by a transporting Mediterranean menu of falafel-crusted artichoke hearts; salty halloumi cheese, pan-fried with harissa oil; osso buco of monkfish with sauce Basquaise; and mushroom risotto with pistachio oil. The presentation is rough and ready, but service is pleasingly snappy. The caramel affogato–ice cream served with a pot of steaming espresso poured over the top–should be considered non-negotiable.
171 Lafayette Ave
|Cross street:||at Adelphi St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–4:30pm, 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 10am–4:30pm, 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: C to Lafayette Ave, G to Clinton–Washington Aves|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. Cash only|